How Bucky the Bean Counter Created a World-Class Culture at Nike

From a very young age, Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, went by the nickname “Buck.” His father had always referred to him as such, and the name stuck. Even when he ran track for the University of Oregon his track coach, the legendary Bill Bowerman (and Nike’s other co-founder), called him Buck. As Nike[…]

Ulysses S. Grant: 12 Leadership Lessons

1. Find a Profession Where Your Passion Meets Your Purpose. The same man who decisively and strategically lead over a million soldiers through a brutal Civil War, was unable to manage his brother’s leather goods store in Galena, IL in civilian life. Context matters. Grant was not just twice as successful or three times as[…]

See How Easily You Can Build Trust By Listening

There’s no doubt that trust is important. But all this attention on trust can make it seem complicated and difficult.Organizations often create internal initiatives to build trust. There are numerous books on trust. Articles cite research about trust and the critical role it plays in our lives. There’s one simple technique that quickly helps trust[…]

3 Ways to Focus on Organizational Integrity

Integrity is not just a personal issue; it is also an organizational and cultural issue. People across the enterprise are influenced by the rules, processes and values of an organization. Assess your current culture and consider the signals and subtle messaging it is sending to employees: Do clear rules exist for ethical behavior? Having guideposts,[…]